Further Requirements for Licensure

Requirements for ABFSE

The Department of Funeral Service Education Bachelor of Science Degree - Funeral Service

the University of Central Oklahoma is accredited by the

American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)

3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri   64506. 
Phone: 816-233-3747, FAX 816-233-3793, Cell 816-341-2573. 
Web www.abfse.org
Email: exdir@abfse.org
In accordance with the American Board of Funeral Service Education accreditation standards, (the national accreditation agency for all schools of mortuary education)  all graduating seniors must take the National Board Examination prior to graduation as a requirement for the B.S. in Funeral Service. The expense of the exam is the responsibility of the student. Please visit The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards for testing information and cost.

The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site (www.abfse.org).

State Requirements

Employment as a funeral director/embalmer is also dependent upon state requirements.

Oklahoma and most other states require:

  • Completion of the Degree Program (or Funeral Service Certificate* Program) in Funeral Service
  • Attaining a passing score on the National Board Examination

(At least (40) credit hours of work applied toward all bachelor degrees must be from upper division (3000/4000) courses.  This is to include at least fifteen (15) upper division hours in the major.)

The examination and the licensing process result in additional expenses to the student and are determined by the appropriate agencies.  The expenses are not affiliated with the UCO Funeral Service Department and are expenses of all graduates seeking licensure.

For detailed information regarding Oklahoma licensure requirements, please visit the Oklahoma Funeral Board.